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Magno Radio | Manolo for the Home

With the Look of Real Wood, Because *It Is* Wood

Calling all wood enthusiasts! Designer Singgih Kartono, known for using green-friendly practices in his designs, takes tech green and pulpy with the Magno Radio from Areaware.

wooden radio

The knobs, casing and antenna knob in this delightfully retro AM/FM radio (with mp3 hookups, no less) are all made from uncoated sustainably-grown new growth wood, and for every tree used in production, a new one is planted to take its place. Did I mention that it’s handcrafted in an Indonesian farming village? That makes it cute and quaint, for those with first-world guilt. Sure, you have to rub it down with some oil now and again, but that’s a small price to pay for great design. Well, those periodic rub-downs and $250, the going price.

If, however, $250 seems a bit much to pay for a radio, may I recommend something somewhat similar that’s a tad less expensive but no less beautiful.

4 Responses to “With the Look of Real Wood, Because *It Is* Wood”

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  2. class factotum July 9, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    1. “for every tree used in production, a new one is planted to take its place.” I worked for International Paper. We planted five trees for each that we cut down. Trees are a crop, BTW. Kinda like for every stalk of corn we cut down, we plant another. :)

    2. “handcrafted in an Indonesian farming village.” And I’m sure that most of that $250 is going to the Indonesian farming handcrafter. Really.

  3. Never teh Bride July 10, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    class-factotum: I am not going to disagree with that! I should put “and quaint” in ital or something, because I that sort of thing (“Oh look, it’s produced by poor people.”) drives me crazy.

  4. class factotum July 10, 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    Well, it’s not like rich people are sitting around making clocks to sell. Or sweaters. Or harvesting organic biodynamic coffee.

    And I totally used the “it’s made by poor people!” motif when I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Chile trying to improve sales of the handmade rugs and blankets at our store. Handmade BY ILLITERATE INDIGENOUS MARGINALIZED WOMEN. WHO WERE BEATEN BY THEIR HUSBANDS. AND WHO DIDN’T HAVE INDOOR PLUMBING. (See? I’m good at this.) I had figured out that my market was Guilty First World Tourists and I was all about taking their money.

    PS I always wondered where the extra trees were going when I was with IP. Are trees like spinach where you plant a whole bunch and then have to thin the crop?